December 16, 2021

Celebrate Christmas and New Year's Eve at The Wharf

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 22, 2021)

Pop the bubbly! The restaurants at The Wharf have exciting holiday happenings planned for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Many of our restaurants are celebrating the holidays with special Christmas tasting menus for the whole family and New Year’s Eve parties with champagne toasts and DJs. 

We have gathered all the information about which restaurants at The Wharf are open on Christmas Eve and which restaurants at The Wharf are open on Christmas.  In addition, we have the definitive list of best bars for New Year's Eve at The Wharf.  Although we have lots events with fireworks each year, The Wharf does not have a fireworks show on New Year's Eve.

Check out the full list of holiday happenings and join us:

Christmas Celebrations at The Wharf:

Del Mar de Fabio Trabocchi – Celebrate Christmas Eve at Del Mar with an exquisite four-course Chef's Tasting menu, or curate your own experience by choosing four courses from the Christmas Eve Menu selections. Both options are $175 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. The restaurant is open from 5pm-10:30pm on Christmas Eve (and closed on Christmas Day). Make a reservation to celebrate.

Officina – This Christmas Eve, enjoy the classic Italian tradition of the Feast of Seven Fishes at Officina. The restaurant is offering a four-course dinner for $95 from 5pm-9:30pm. Make a reservation for this signature dinner that honors the Italian tradition with a seafood-forward menu with festive accompaniments. Officina is closed on Christmas Day.

La Vie – Experience La Vie’s Winter Igloos. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the rental fees for a Winter Igloo will be waived. Book your reservation now to enjoy their rooftop Winter Igloos overlooking the river and the monuments.

Moon Rabbit – This Christmas, let Chef Kevin Tien cook for you and your loved ones with the prepackaged to-go Holiday Special. The entree includes a 48-Hour Beef Short Rib with Black Pepper Fish Sauce Caramel Served with Potatoes Aligot along with Pea Leaf Liang and Brown Butter Roasted Radishes on the side, and more. The Christmas Holiday Special is available for pickup on Friday, December 24 and Saturday, December 25 and serves 4 people for $250.  Moon Rabbit is also open for dining on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Preorder Christmas Eve Dinner or Christmas Day Dinner, or make a reservation to dine in.

Mi Vida – Join Mi Vida for a Mexican-themed Christmas Eve and Christmas meal. Mi Vida's holiday menu includes Pozole Verde (Hominy, Mushroom & Butternut Squash Soup, Tostada, Almond Crema, Lettuce), Callos Con Mole De Avellanas (Pan-Seared Jumbo Sea Scallops, Hazelnut Mole, Apple Relish Platos Principales), Mixiote De Pollo (Banana Leaf, Slow-Braised Chicken Leg, Guajillo-Ancho Sauce, Pickled Vegetables, White Rice), and more. Make a reservation here.

The Grill – The Grill is featuring a special holiday menu from December 24 to December 31. The menu includes Braised Short Rib, Bourbon-Flambeed Scallops, Dessert Chocolate Bread Pudding, and more. Make a reservation to dine here

The Wharf Ice Rink – Start a new family tradition and skate at The Wharf Ice Rink on Christmas Eve. The Wharf Ice Rink will be open from 12pm-7pm on Christmas Eve and 12pm-8pm on Christmas Day. Learn more about The Wharf Ice Rink and plan your visit.

New Year’s Eve Parties at The Wharf:

12 Stories – Ring in the New Year at 12 Stories' New Year’s Eve party featuring DJ Farrah Flosscett and Moet champagne toasts. Each ticket is $85 and includes a specialty cocktail. Purchase a ticket through Eventbrite to celebrate.

Del Mar de Fabio Trabocchi – The restaurant is offering an exquisite 4 course Chef’s Tasting menu for New Year’s Eve. The dinner has two seating options from 5pm-8pm or 8:30pm-10:30pm. View the full menu and make a reservation.

iIlili – Join ilili at their “Thousand and One Midnights" New Year’s Eve bash, an Arabian-Nights-inspired evening of entertainment and decadence. Their five-course culinary experience kicks off at 9pm and includes belly dancers, a DJ, saxophonist, mobile photo booth, party favors and a champagne toast for $195. Dinner experience guests will have the option to add on an $80 per person premium open bar package (entire tables only). They are also offering a "bar celebration" ticket, which includes access to the cash bar, entertainment + a champagne toast for $50. Reserve now!

Kaliwa – Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Kaliwa’s New Year’s Eve party, which lasts from 10pm-2am. Tickets are $80 per person and include passed Asian street-food, 2 drink tickets for the open bar, a champagne toast, and a live DJ. To purchase your ticket and learn more, email

La Vie – Ring in the New Year at La Vie’s A Midnight in Paris Soiree from 9pm-1:30am. The restaurant is offering three experiences: General Admission, VIP Admission, and Velvet Rope Experience, including reservations of their rooftop igloos overlooking the river and monuments. Learn more about each experience and purchase a ticket.

Moon Rabbit – Moon Rabbit will be open to diners on New Year’s Eve for regular service with a special holiday menu. However the previously-scheduled ticketed multi-course event is now canceled. Make a reservation for dinner at Moon Rabbit’s on New Year’s Eve..

Mi Vida – Mi Vida is offering a special dinner menu of New Year's Eve. The menu includes Camaron & Callos en Aguachile (Shrimp & Scallops, Red Onions, Cucumbers, Jalapeño, Lime Platos Principales), Budin de Langosta Con Suiza (Corn Tortillas Stacked with Butter-Sautéed Maine Lobster, Creamy Tomatillo Sauce, Chihuahua Cheese) Tablas (Bone-in, Slow-Braised Short Ribs, Mestiza Salsa, Creamy Rajas Postre) and more. Make a reservation here

Nara-Ya – Join Nara-Ya for a four-course Japanese meal on New Year’s Eve. The special meal is $175 per person. View the menu and make a reservation.

Officina – This New Year’s Eve, Officina will offer an array of festive experiences throughout the evening. From decadent prix-fixe menus in the Trattoria, to DJ beats and Moet & Chandon toasts on the rooftop terrace, there is sure to be something for everyone. View their offerings and make a reservation.

Pearl Street Warehouse – Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Pearl Street Warehouse with a live performance by The Beanstalk Library with Red Medicine and JonTylerWiley at 9pm. Tickets are $15 and include one drink ticket for New Year’s Punch, noisemakers, and a complimentary toast at Midnight.

The Anthem – Ring in the New Year with a performance by Rainbow Kitten Surprise at The Anthem at 9pm. Purchase a ticket online.

Union Stage – Union Stage is hosting a New Year’s Eve show with Bottled Up. General Admission is $35 and Premier Plus is $50. Purchase a ticket online.

Please note: The Wharf does not have a fireworks show on New Year's Eve.

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